Pub history

The Cat, 220 Whitecross Street, St Luke EC1

St Luke pub history index

The address is at 57 Whitecross Street by 1895 following street renumbering. In earlier directories it is listed as 220 Whitecross Street, but by the 1841 Directory  this is 220 Upper Whitecross Street. *

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in St Luke parish of London, Middlesex - now in East London. The St Luke parish of London  listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

Address also given as 52 Beech Street. In an Old Bailey case of 1848, this pub was referred to as the “Kings Arms, sometimes called the Cat”. It is also named as the Kings Arms in planning documents relating to its rebuilding in 1897. It may be therefore that its proper name is actually the Kings Arms, with Cat initially more of a nickname. (including evidence that it was present as the Kings Arms prior to 1832). *** The LV Asylum Association lists it as the Kings Arms in 1827.

1818/Avery Weston/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1818/Richard Bristed/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1819/Richard Bristed/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1824/John Cock/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1827/John Cock/../../../LV Asylum ****

1829/[Kings Arms] John M Young / Victualler /../../Sun Fire Office records held at Guildhall Library ***

1830/[Kings Arms] John M Young / Victualler /../../Sun Fire Office records held at Guildhall Library ***

1831/[Kings Arms] Richard Bothroy Kay / Victualler & Spirit Dealer /../../Sun Fire Office records held at Guildhall Library ***

1832/The Cat not present - another Pub present at 220 Whitecross Street **

1832/John Mates Young/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1833/[Kings Arms] Richard Bothroy Kay / Victualler /../../Sun Fire Office records held at Guildhall Library ***

1834/[Kings Arms] Richard Bothroy Kay / Victualler /../../Sun Fire Office records held at Guildhall Library ***

1834/Thomas Marriott/victualler wine and spirit merchant/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1837/William Crofts/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1838/[Kings Arms] William Annet Smith / Victualler /../../Sun Fire Office records held at Guildhall Library ***

With an overlay of a map of Upper Whitecross St (the 1862 Motco map) with house numbers and pub names and from various directories I have worked out where all the Pubs including the Cat were. The Cat is mentioned in two Old Bailey trials in the early 1800s. The numbers started on the East side at Chiswell Street with 66; went North to Old Street to 150 and then carried on South back to Beech St with 220 where the Cat was, just before Beech St.
When the Street was renumbered; Whitecross and Upper Whitecross St were combined, and the numbering started at the south end, odd on one side and even on the other. That is how the Cat became 57.
Cat Old Bailey trial ref at T18340220.html and T18330905.html **

1839/William Crofts/../../../Pigots Directory ****

1841/Charles Sneezum/../../../Directory **

1842/Charles Sneezum/../../../Directory **

1843/Charles Sneezum/../../../Directory **

1844/Charles Heen/../../../Directory **

1845/John Gamble/../../../Post Office Directory **

1846/John Gamble/../../../Directory **

1847/John Gamble/../../../Directory **

1848/John Gamble/../../../Directory **

1849/John Gamble/../../../Directory **

[Not listed as a Public House in 1851 census] **

1851/Honor Evans/Widow, Annuitant/../../../Census **

[Appears to have changed names to Kings Arms for some time, definitely between 1854 & 1871] **

1851/Gurney & Richardson/../../../Kelly’s Directory ***

As the kings Arms : -

1852/Gurney & Richardson/../../Directory **

1856/Gurney & Richardson/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1861/William S Richardson/Victualler/45/Stepney, Middlesex/Census ****
1861/Mary A Richardson/Wife/60/St James, Middlesex/Census
1861/John C Richardson/Brother/49/Stepney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Elizabeth Richardson/?/24/St Georges, Middlesex/Census
1861/Margaret Maton?/General Servant/29/Cornwell/Census
1861/John Gould/General Servant/19/London/Census
1861/Alfred Best/General Servant/27/London/Census

March 1866/Alfred Probyn/License renewal/../Clerkenwell News

1871/Daniel Coldham/Licensed Victualler/30/Westminster/Census **
1871/Mary Ann Coldham/Wife/32/Shoreditch/Census
1871/Daniel Jas Coldham/Son/8/St Lukes/Census
1871/James H Coldham/Son/6/St Lukes/Census
1871/Amy Coldham/Daughter/4/Hornsey/Census
1871/Alfred Coldham/Son/2/Edgware/Census
1871/Jesse Coldham/Son/1 month/St Lukes/Census
1871/Mary Thomas/Nurse, Widow/58/Surrey/Census
1871/Elizabeth Wheaterly/Domestic Servant/39/Shoreditch/Census
1871/John Sullivan/Barman/29/Dublin, Ireland/Census

1874/[Kings Arms] Albert Welling & Henry Madigan George, trading as Welling & George / Licensed Victuallers & Tavern Keepers /../../London Gazette, 9 October 1874 ***


As the Cat again: -

1875/George Henry/../../../Directory **

1881/John Hurran/Licensed Victualler/55/Clerkenwell, Middlesex/Census ****
1881/Selina Hurran/Wife/54/Southwark, Surrey/Census
1881/Eliza Hurran/Daughter/22/St Lukes, Middlesex/Census
1881/Jessie Fuddenham/Barmaid/19/Norfolk/Census
1881/James Westaway/Barman/20/Bermondsey, Surrey/Census
1881/Ann Conner/General Servant, Widow/44/Cork, Ireland/Census

1882/John Hurran/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1883/John Hurran/../../../Directory **

1884/John Hurran/../../../Directory **

1886/[Cat] John Hurran/../../../Business Directory of London ***

1887/Thomas M??/../../../Directory **

1891/Alfred Probyn/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1891/No Upper Whitecross Street - now numbering up to 209 only **

1895/Renumbering and the Cat now at 57 Whitecross Street; just after Beech Street going North **

1895/Alfred Probyn/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1899/Alfred Probyn/../../../Directory **

1901/Alfred Broome/Public House Manager/50/St Pancras, London/Census **
1901/Adelaide Broome/Public House Manageress, Wife/48/Whitechapel, London/Census
1901/Emily Dane/Domestic Servant, Widow/43/Newton Abbott, Devon/Census

1910/Geo Herbert Blomfield/../../../Directory **

1914/Daniel Macarthy/../../../Directory **

1915/Bertie Rowley/../../../Directory **

1921/James & Poole/../../../Hughes Directory ****


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